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Challenge of the Week: Give Up A Bad Habit This Week
Most of us would never know it, unless we are told about it, but we all have bad habits that we formed either in our childhoods or adulthood. The bad habit could be anything from biting fingernails, to smoking, to eating fast food, to drinking several sweet or sugary drinks throughout the day, to clicking a pen, to speaking with people before thinking about what is said, to just plainly annoying co-workers. Regardless of what bad habit you have, your challenge this week is going to be the conscious awareness to reduce the bad habit or eliminate it completely.
This is far easier said than done, especially if you do not know what your bad habits are. You may need to get daring, but you may want to ask your family, closest friends, or trusted co-workers what they believe or find your bad habits are. After you have acquired the knowledge of what your bad habits are, you will want to figure out what you can do to reduce your bad behavior habits or completely eliminate them from your life.
I, myself, am a nail biter and I also have a tendency to get cocky and arrogant when it comes to my work and tasks, which always leads me to make some major and minor mistakes that should have never been made. What do I have to do? I chew on almonds or my wrist instead of biting my nails. I also have to always take a step back from the task or project I was working on, realize that it could be filled with mistakes, walk away, come back, and double and triple check my work to ensure that my projects are mistake-free.
I also have a tendency to raise my voice when I get excited and in addition to this, there are times where I am very quiet, untalkative, and focus on listening to my music, which may come off to my supervisor and co-workers as me ignoring everyone, but when I get in the zone, I do not like to be disturbed until I am almost complete on my project, or at least have some room to breathe before the deadline.
What can you do about your bad habits? Instead of thinking that you have to defend your bad habits and act like they don’t exist, you should acknowledge that they do exist and be open to changing for the better. Once you have received feedback from everyone about your bad habits, write them down, print them out, and make a checklist to try and be free from the bad habit for a week. If you find yourself ignoring your own rules of giving up your bad habit, you will want to continuously review the bad habits list that you made and make a note of how many times you went back to your bad habit. As an alternative, if you find it impossible to give up a bad habit for a week, than try to at least give it up for a day.
It may be hard, you may continue your bad habits, but your attempts to try and give up a bad habit are more favored than not doing anything at all.
Let us know in the comments about your bad habits and if you were able to give them up for the week!